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NMPD Help In Drive-By Shooting Arrest

By Staff | Aug 4, 2010

The New Martinsville Police Department was instrumental in the arrest of Samuel D. Parker, 19, of Ruby Street, Moundsville, in connection with the July 24th drive-by shooting in Moundsville.

New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil stated Parker was located in New Martinsville on July 26. The NMPD told him the Moundsville Police Department wanted to talk with him. The MPD then released Parker who returned to New Martinsville.

On July 27 NMPD Captain Mike Thomas, Sgt. Steve Kastigar, Detective Donnie Harris and K-9 Officer Tony Thomas worked to relocate Parker. He was then apprehended and arrested.

Parker and Shane O. Campbell, 20, of Poplar Drive, Bridgeport, have been arraigned in Marshall County Magistrate Court, charged with felony wanton endangerment and conspiracy.

The charges stem from an incident on July 24, in which the two men allegedly fired a shotgun at a doorway of a home in Moundsville.

According to the criminal complaint, at 10:08 a.m. July 24, Moundsville police dispatchers received a call saying a man riding in a silver vehicle, driving past 22 Oak Ave., had held a shotgun out the passenger-side window and fired a shot, hitting the front door of the home.

At the scene, officers discovered two people had been standing in front of the residence when the shooting occurred and an additional three people were inside the home on the other side of the wall where the shot hit. The shotgun blast had struck a screen door, breaking the glass and leaving several pellets inside the residence.

Witnesses, who were having a yard sale at a nearby home, told officers they had seen the vehicle drive past the home several times before the shooting occurred, the complaint states. Witnesses were also able to give a description of the men in the car. During questioning, Parker told police he had fired the gun at the home after Campbell told him he didn’t think he would do it, the complaint states.

When asked why he shot at the home, Parker reportedly said, “Campbell felt that a male living at 22 Oak Avenue had scratched his vehicle and is also dating Campbell’s ex-girlfriend.”

Parker remains in the Northern Regional Jail. Campbell has been released under $8,000 bond.